Never on a Sunday!

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Grand Hotel Central

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

We spent the morning dilly dallying around sorting out photos and this blog etc, so didn't set out until about 10.30. We began with a walking tour of the old city which began at the Picasso Museum where we thought we'd spend a couple of hours. When we got there the queue was so long, it was going to take a couple of hours just to get in the door, so we decided to come back later. Next stop was the Eglesia de Santa Maria del Mar, another huge church built in the 14th century. It only took 59 years to build, which is very quick by church builidng standards of the time and hence is not as highly decorated as the Catedral Barcelona, which took about 160yrs to build. Nevertheless it was very impressive. From there we wandered through the labyrinthe of narrow, paved streets that make up the old city. I think had we done this on Saturday, the streets would have been alive with shops and bars and other small businesses but because it was Sunday most of the places were shut up behind roller doors that were covered with graffitti.We did get to visit at least three other churches which isn't surprising given that there are about ten churches in an area of about 1 square kilometre! We picked up the readings and the Gospel at one church, Prayers of the Faithful at the next and Communion at the last, so we felt we had Mass covered. Next stop was the Museo d'historia de la Cuitat (City History Museum). It was built in about 1931 when it was discovered that underneath the site were Roman ruins of a small village. The ruins were quite extensive and we wandered along a board walk above them. It was quite interesting except many of the explanations were not written in English so a little tricky to understand at spots. We think it was a village where they made fish sauce, wine and dyed fabrics!
Next we had lunch at El Gran Cafe, anchovies, fish croquettes and octopus galician style and paella. The anchovies were delicious, not all bony and hairy like out of a jar at home.
After lunch we continued our walk past the eglesia de Philip Ner,i the walls of which were covered in machine gun fire because it was the once site of summary executions by the fascists during Franco's reign. Nest stop the old Roman tombs. We then went back to the hotel for a swim in the 'city's best infinity pool', however it was a bit cold and crowded so we ended up snoozing instead.
We set out again for the Picasso museum at about 6.00, thinking the crowds would have eased and we'd have a couple of hours there before it closed at 8.00. Wrong again, the queue was just as long, so we headed down to the port area, Port Vell. We wandered around, and then decided to take a cable car up to Monjuic. This took about an hour, even though we were only in the cable car for about 7 minutes. We had lovely views over the city of Barcelona and the port area. We were amazed at the number of huge cruises in the harbour.
We taxied back down to our restaurant for dinner at Pla de la Garsa. Again we had the set menu, toasts and dips, bagna cauda (an anchovie based fondue!), cured sausage, beef bourguignonne and cheese. All delicious. In bed and asleep by 10.30
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Bridget on

Hate to tell you guys but you may want to quickly proof read your posts :P.... also smudgy and rosco are having a fun time ... Smudge wont let rosco play with other dogs at the park ... Sound like your having a good time.


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